With the challenges of the weakening rand and slow economic growth, printers need to diversify to remain profitable. With this in mind, the Africa Print Expo, which took place at the Durban ICC from 24-25 February, delivered sales and good leads to exhibitors as well as solutions that visitors can use to diversify their businesses, such as digital printing, 3D printing, finishing, label printing, wide format digital and more.
Exhibitor feedback about the event was very positive:
'Sign Africa and Africa Print Durban was a great success for Kemtek. We had a static display which showcased 3D, Aristo and Durst. We had a lot of interest and many leads were generated. Our presence showed local business owners and opposition alike that we are serious players who offer premium products and support,' said Nigel Tretheway, Kemtek Imaging Systems.
'We had a great show in Durban, we sold the demo unit to a customer and we have plenty of sales leads to follow up on. I believe many latex, solvent and eco-solvent users are now looking for newer technology such as our UV LED printer,' said Tomonori Hemmi, Fujifilm.
'I found the Durban show to be quite busy contrary to normal events held in Durban. We had excessively high foot traffic on our booth expressing interest in our 3D printers that all sold out at the show. We launched a DIY range of machines that are cost effective for even the home user. We are trying to take technology to the home user and make printing fun,' said Patrick Naude, CMYK Industries.
'Overall, we got a large amount of leads. Visitors were interested in all of our products, especially the V-3 channel letter cutting machine, of which we sold one to a contact we made at the expo. We are expecting to sell more,' said Bruce Badenhorst, Exion.
Platinum sponsor Canon South Africa exhibited the ImagePRESS C800.
Kemtek showcased what can be achieved with Durst and Aristo products, as well as 3D printing solutions from Rapid 3D.
CMYK Industries exhibited the iColor® 700 desktop digital label press.
Midcomp exhibited the HP PageWide XL 8000 for the first time in Africa.
Each stand was judged at the expo according to criteria based on design and staff friendliness and professionalism. The stand winners and runners up include:
Best Small Stand Shell Scheme:
First Tie: CMYK Industries and Hitech Graphics
Best Medium Stand Shell Scheme:
Best Medium Stand Floor Space:
First: Canon South Africa
Runner Up: Printing SA
Best Large Stand Floor Space:
First: Graphix Supply World
Runner Up: Sign-Tronic
Upcoming events include:
Africa Print Polokwane: 7 April 2016
Africa Print Cape Town: 11-12 May 2016
Africa Print Nelspruit: 29 June 2016
Africa Print Gallagher Convention Centre: 7-9 September 2016
Visit www.africaprintexpo.com for more information.